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Does Sunscreen Have an Impact on Coral Reefs? Yes. According to recent studies, sunscreen compounds such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, benzophenone, titanium, and zinc oxides end up in our surroundings. Sunscreens do not last indefinitely on our skin. When we swim or shower, it enters the water bodies. These pollutants have a negative impact on marine life and can even kill coral reefs.